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KENDRICK RETURNS WITH "HEART"
What's gonna happen on April 7th...? (3/24a)
MACKAY: SONY-BOUND?
Insiders whisper over an exec's potential new deal. (3/24a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: CASH MONEY FROM THE CELESTIAL JUKEBOX
Can you say "cha-ching?" (3/24a)
STREAMING SONGS: UNIVERSALLY DOMINANT
75% marketshare ... that's good, right? (3/24a)
SPOTIFY DEALS
If they don't come soon, what happens to the IPO?
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
LABEL BIGWIGS SPILL THE BEANS
We go deep with a couple of top execs.
THE STRINGER ASCENDENCY
This adventure coming soon to a trade website near you.
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KENDRICK RETURNS WITH "HEART"
What's gonna happen on April 7th...? (3/24a)
MACKAY: SONY-BOUND?
Insiders whisper over an exec's potential new deal. (3/24a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: CASH MONEY FROM THE CELESTIAL JUKEBOX
Can you say "cha-ching?" (3/24a)
STREAMING SONGS: UNIVERSALLY DOMINANT
75% marketshare ... that's good, right? (3/24a)
SPOTIFY DEALS
If they don't come soon, what happens to the IPO?
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
LABEL BIGWIGS SPILL THE BEANS
We go deep with a couple of top execs.
THE STRINGER ASCENDENCY
This adventure coming soon to a trade website near you.
RUMOR MILL
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3/24/17

Sources close to the deal confirm that, as rumored in the item below, Warner U.K. ruler Max Lousada will indeed be getting a new worldwide position within WMG, although a company spokesperson declined to comment. While the exec's new title remains to be determined, the post is thought to be based in New York. Stay tuned for details.


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drake
3/24/17

It shouldn’t surprise you to know that, once again, a Drake release conquers all, but it remains impressive, especially considering that More Life is really more of a mixtape than an album. That said, the YMCMB/Republic set bows at #1 on the HITS Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart with a whopping 505k—the new biggest debut of the year so far. More Life is also #1 on the Album Sales Chart with 230k.


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3/24/17

n this age of full-throttle power-divas, it’s intriguing Faith Hill’s return to the radio eschews the full-scale belting that made “It Matters To Me” a signature song for American women carving out priorities beyond the sheer bling of it all. Instead, the Mississippi-born superstar opts for a warm, confiding tone on “Speak to a Girl,” a slow-building duet with husband Tim McGraw...


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3/24/17

Though More Life commands 22 of the Top 24 places with the entirety of its tracks, there is one person who owns more of this week's Streaming Songs Chart than does Drake: Sir Lucian Grainge.


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3/24/17

Drake has improved two places since Monday to end the week at #2 on the U.K. Official Albums Chart with 63k combined sales of More Life (Island) in Blighty as “Passion Fruit” boasts this week’s highest new entry at Official Singles. Drizzy has a total of 12 songs in the Top 40 with Giggs collab “KMT” reaching #9.


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TravisScott
3/24/17

The Weeknd is closing in on #1 at T40 with "I Feel It Coming," while the top spot returns to Travis Scott at Rhythm and at Modern Rock, Imagine Dragons begin what will no doubt be a long reign at #1...


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3/24/17

At a time when the wildest accusations splatter across the political landscape and the very currency of truth itself is debased, there's comfort in the certainty of this week's HITS List. This cheat sheet of trending industry topics features unquestionably important folks like Drake, Doug Morris, Ted Cockle, Gee Roberson and Randy Goodman, among others. Enjoy it with a refreshing Moscow Mule.


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Tool
3/24/17

Tool, one of the last hold-outs from digital services, is in talks with Spotify and Apple to make its catalog available on streaming services, according to a report in Bloomberg.


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High5
3/24/17

No need for backroom dealing, poll taking or abandoning ill-conceived campaign promises, we’re moving forward with this week’s HITS High Five, a compendium of alternative-fact-free stories from the week prior. As you try to get your eyesight back to normal after staring at the Oregon Ducks’ basketball uniforms, focus on these stories…


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kendrick
3/24/17

After wiping his Instagram page clean Wednesday and putting up one cryptic post signaling something was coming, TDE/Interscope's Kendrick Lamar released the track "The Heart Part 4" Thursday night...


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mackay
3/24/17

Insiders say Tom Mackay is signing a deal to become head of a new division concentrating on music, film and TV for Sony Music. The veteran exec spent nearly 20 years at Republic, having joined the company at its inception, and most recently serving as West Coast EVP/GM. He enjoyed huge success there with...


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3/24/17

While Ed Sheeran remains atop our BuzzAngle-powered Song Revenue Chart this week, Nicki Minaj (aided by Drake and Lil Wayne) crashes the party at #4 with "No Frauds"—which distributes its dough almost evenly between streams and sales—while...


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gorillaz
3/24/17

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s virtual project Gorillaz is back with a highly anticipated fifth album, Humanz, set for release on 4/28 via Warner U.K. label Parlophone. Four tracks dropped Thursday, and a secret show will take place in London tonight. Plus, we hear there’s a host of innovative marketing moves to come.


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3/24/17

The lineup for KIIS FM's 2017 Wango Tango has arrived, and Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Niall Horan, Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello, Hailee Steinfeld, Noah Cyrus, Halsey and Julia Michaels are all on it. Fans can also expect a special guest performance from Alessia Cara at the event, which will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and is set for 5/13 at StubHub Center.


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3/24/17

Kendrick Lamar’s new single has dethroned Ed Sheeran atop the iTunes songs chart, but there’s no budging Drake from the top of the albums and Apple Music charts. Six new releases, though, are in the Top 10 at iTunes on this flipover Friday.


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3/24/17

In a meeting of the caps lock brigade, ZAYN and PARTYNEXTDOOR partner on “Still Got Time” (RCA), which is found at the top of this week’s New Music Friday playlist on Spotify. The playlist also includes two tracks each from Drake and Gorillaz and a tune from our new favorite band name, Bipolar Sunshine.


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3/23/17

Many observers have questioned how Drake’s More Life earned 38m+ more first-day worldwide plays on Apple Music than it did on Spotify, given the latter’s larger user base. One contention is...


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steff
3/23/17

Drake has extended a helping hand across the Atlantic in featuring a host of talented British artists on More Life. Indie acts Giggs, Jorja Smith (pictured) and Skepta are seeing a considerable rise in the popularity of their catalogs on Spotify...


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bible
3/23/17

Billboard/Hollywood Reporter's Shirley Halperin and Jem Aswad are departing the company for rival trade Variety. The pair's exit further underscores the Bible's declining interest in music-industry coverage. Is Variety owner Jay Penske getting ready to buy Todd Boehly's media properties and end the misery? Stay tuned. In the meantime...


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3/23/17

Drake will debut this week with the year’s biggest total so far, while Ed Sheeran stays well into triple digits, Rick Ross scores the week's second-biggest bow and Beauty transforms into something big.


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The elevator is going up, up, up for Photo Finish/Republic duo Marian Hill, whose evocative track "Down" blew up after being included in an Apple spot. The monster hit is now trending Top 10 at Pop radio and selling and streaming to beat the band. The clip seen here is fittingly moody and stylish, and will certainly give you a ... lift.
Yes, @Drake has 22 of the Top 24 entries on the Streaming Songs Chart: https://t.co/NEbUYOOwit @UMG https://t.co/Xi7kjhpAeh
@hstvles1single Harry's not in the marketplace yet but he'll definitely have a huge debut when that record comes.
HITS List: @drake #DougMorris @rickyrozay @theBpgInc @CashMoneyRecrds @SonyNashville @TheOfficialACM @VirginEMI… https://t.co/PnhKMsJmNU
Guess who has the NEW biggest debut of the year? https://t.co/6N2ABCDsHm @Drake @rickyrozay @edsheeran… https://t.co/SQW8Q4G5On
RT @MichelleSFresh: My piece for @HITSDD on how @Drake continues to reinvent the "album" for popular music w his brilliant #morelife https://t.co/LomN6PEczz
We're eating BBQ in our minds. https://t.co/UevZBjd7FR
Industry giants #LennyWaronker and #EddieRosenblatt remember the legendary, wonderful #TommyLiPuma… https://t.co/aZN8JV44qL
HITS List: @drake @theRonPerry @NICKIMINAJ @MaxLousada @Spotify @pandoramusic @sxsw @beourguest @lorde… https://t.co/GWSznxM9ek
Rumor has it that @Drake's #morelife will be streaming-only for... https://t.co/n81ivSHiEr https://t.co/l0hqJwDRiP
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